Are you an amateur photographer with a desire to get better color in your photos?

It’s a frustrating experience to spend an afternoon taking seemingly great shots and then find the colors all off when viewing the images on your computer.

What’s the secret? How do professional photographers get image colors to look so great with no post-processing?

Control the White Balance

If you’re suffering from a poor color balance, you need only look to adjusting your white balance to fix all your issues. White balance is something that every photographer should adjust in every new lighting situation. Put it on your list of things to do before ever snapping your first shot.

Auto white is the popular choice because there’s no adjustments needed. You simply accept the camera’s default settings and believe in its ability to take care of everything.

Unfortunately, auto-white usually only works when shooting outdoors, with an overcast sky (the ideal setting for good photos). If you’re faced with more stringent lighting conditions, such as indoor low-light environments or outside settings with heavy shade, it’s time to use some of those advanced options on your camera.

How to Use a Reference Card

white balance setting on CanonCarry a piece of white paper in your photography bag. You can also choose to set your color balance with a sheet of 18% grey.

Simply make sure you’re in the same lighting you’ll using for your photography session, point the camera at your white paper (ensure it’s shadow-free) and snap. If it doesn’t look pure as a fresh-fallen snow, it’s okay. We’re going to tell your camera that it should be that color.

Find the Custom WB setting on your camera, and it should be a simple process of choosing which photo you wish to set for your white balance reference.

Let the photo session begin. When you’re finished, you’ll have a roll of perfectly color-balanced photos.

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